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Paul Liptrot Artist Statement - from materials to connections

My Artist Statement outlines how I approach my practice from the moment I discover a material to finding innovative ways of pushing it to create beguiling objects and artefacts, which I can use to create connections with those viewing my work.

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I'm an artist who doesn't use a brush; I work with a range of materials from plaster and clay, through to latex, ice and oil, which allow me to create ambiguous objects and images.

My practice begins out of a scientific curiosity and I look for materials that intrigue, I really need to be able to feel a material, whether physically or mentally, to become involved in what it represents to me and how it can be transformed into something beyond our expectations.

My creative side emerges when I use the material for the first time, putting in colour, chemicals, light or myself in some way. Those first seconds when a reaction begins and I have given up control captivates me. I allow the material to take over and begin speaking to me; seeing how the different elements amalgamate or repel each other immerses me totally. The most rewarding materials are those that push back, simultaneously asserting themselves and yet allowing me to lead.

So for me the scientific and creative merge forming a tension between chaos and order which is constantly evolving, sometimes with rules and others with complete freedom, but each enabling me to learn the language of the material.

I try to create intentionally abstract pieces, which enable me to then develop a relationship with those viewing my work. Watching as someone reacts to an unseen entity that they have sensed in my work creates a conversation about who and what each person is and what they believe. These interactions drive me to further understand the affect that I can create with the work I produce and how it is presented.

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